Developing excellence in outdoor provision

Enhancing training pathways for outdoor qualifications
- the Mountain Leader qualification

In spring 2016 Mountain Training commissioned a PhD which Will Hardy began in September of that year. For an introduction to the project, read this article: Bangor University and Mountain Training PhD

In October 2019, Will produced a report of his findings, in advance of his full PhD thesis. The report was presented to the Mountain Training Cymru, England and Scotland council meetings and then to the Mountain Training UK and Ireland council meeting at Plas y Brenin on 9th November. This final presentation was followed by a workshop in which council members from all of the national organisations considered possible actions Mountain Training could take to address some of the findings.

We are extremely grateful to Will Hardy, Dr Ross Roberts and Prof Lew Hardy and hope we will be in a position to conduct further research in the future. This report has provided us with much to think about and develop in the coming months and years, which we will do alongside stakeholders and providers to enable more people to become Mountain Leaders. We will also endeavour to use our learning to help other groups of candidates make the very most of their experiences in the mountains, crags and walls of the UK and Ireland.

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